School Newsletter – 15 September 2020

Term 3, Week 9 — School news

A Message from Snell Team

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 

Nau Mai haere Mai ki Snell wiki newsletter. To celebrate Te wiki o Te reo Māori Kohimarama School has been learning the waiata Tua by Stan Walker. Tua means bigger. This waiata is about rising above and being bigger or tua. In the song’s music video, Walker’s nephew plays a younger version of him back where it all started at his Tamapahore marae in Tauranga. The song was co-written with American singer-songwriter Parson James and released in both Te Reo Māori and English. Walker said the waiata captures his love for his culture, his whakapapa and his whānau, as well as his hopes for the future generations. Promoting Te Reo Māori music and artists is one way we can support the use of Te Reo in New Zealand. 


This year Epro8 was different as we had the pressures of the competition but in a different environment. We relied on an online portal to relay our instruction and information. For me the environment was a big change because I worked better in a place I was familiar with.However it was scary not knowing what other teams were doing. My team focused hard and managed to have some laughs as well. With our teamwork we made Gary a robotic Armadillo that rolled up. It was also different because we had one big challenge instead of the mini challenges in previous competitions. I´m proud of my team for getting everything done and working together even though it was different and difficult.

Trixie Rogers Room 18

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.”  Robert Michael.  “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”  Bryant H McGill.


In 2021, Kohimarama School will be celebrating 100 years and along with our current school community we’re searching for all past students, staff, friends and associates of our school so we can keep everybody informed with news and updates of our celebration plans!If you still keep in contact with parents, students and teachers that have since left Kohimarama School, please let them know they can register on our Centennial mailing list at

Special thanks from the Library
Thank you to the Dallow family for the donation of a wonderful book ‘Goodnight stories for Rebel Girls’.

Student Fundraiser – Cure Kids, this Thursday
A reminder we are having a mufti day on Thursday 17th September to raise funds for Cure Kids, which is a charity that raises money for research into diseases and illnesses suffered by our children.  We are encouraging students to come to school in colourful clothes and bring $2.

School Disco – Friday 30th October

Pencil in the date now, it is going to be so much fun –  a dancing extravaganza in neon.  Our Student Leaders have designed the theme and decorations.  Remember to hold onto the tickets you have already purchased.  If you haven’t got one yet, tickets will be on sale the week before the disco 8.30 – 8.55am and 3.00-3.15 pm outside our school hall.
Junior Disco (Yrs 0-4) 5.00-6.00pm
Senior Disco (Yrs 5-8) 6.30-8.00pm

2021 Class Placement Requests

This is the time of the year when the Senior Management Team are looking at our roll numbers and staffing needs and the preparation of classes for 2021.  The process of placing children in classes is based on a range of information we have related to each child’s academic needs, achievements and social relationships.  It is a complex process to create the right balance in each class and meet the best interests of all our children, one that we take very seriously.We invite you to provide us with any request for the placement of your child for 2021.  You can email We will consider all such requests although we are unable to guarantee that we can accommodate them.  Please provide all requests before midday, Friday 23rd October.

Road Patrollers of the week

Thank you to our 4 Road Patrollers who have been on duty this week with longer hours, due to being in Alert Level 2.5.  You do an amazing job of keeping our students and parents safe when crossing the road.  Thank you to those of you who are using our crossings – smart move.  Well done:  Matthew G, Lola PB, Samantha D and Summer P  you are awesome.

If you have a child staying home for any reason please contact the school office by email, website or phone the absentee line 09 930 9826. Childs name, room number and reason for absence must be provided. If no reason for absence is given your child will be marked with an unjustified absence.

Latest Sports Update

As Auckland Netball has cancelled the remainder of the season it is now time to return the gear bags & netball dresses.
Team managers have been asked to collect the netball dresses as a team, clearly label with team name and hand into the office by Monday 21st September with the gear bags.

Please return basketball singlets in team sets clearly labelled by Friday 25th September if at all possible, I understand some teams may play next week.
The Eastern Zone Boys Basketball Tournament has been cancelled for 2020.
Dependent on Covid alert levels the Bay Suburbs Girls & Boys Basketball Tournaments are scheduled for 29th & 30th October

The Bay Suburbs Hockey Tournament on 24th September has been cancelled.

Touch Rugby
Touch Rugby teams for the Madills Farm competition in term 4  will be finalised on Friday 18th September. At this stage we have insufficient coaches so if you are able to coach please email me directly at
If your child is interested in playing you have till Wednesday 16th September to email me.

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

Community Notices